Ecotourism Attitudes, Adaptations and Impacts
Ecotourism or nature tourism is defined as travel to ecologically interesting places to support conservation efforts and observe wilderness, wildlife, and local societies without causing any adverse impacts. It is designed to stimulate an interest in, develop an understanding of, and create an appreciation for the natural wonders of Earth while stressing environmental awareness, nature interpretation, and wildlife conservation. Ecotourists tend to be mindful of the detrimental effects of human visitation to wildlife habitats. However, they recognize the positive influence environmentally sensitive tourism can have by creating a sustainable economic alternative to natural resource exploitation. This study examines the attitudes toward ecotourism, the ways indigenous people have adapted to ecotourism, as well as the positive and negative impacts of ecotourism.
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Department of Applied Aviation Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.
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